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In describing the synagogues of Bavel in the Twelfth Century, R. Petachia of Ratisbon wrote as follows: בחולו של מועד אומרים המזמורים בכלי שיר On the half-holidays they recite the psalms to the accompaniment of musical instruments, (Travels of Rabbi Petachia of Ratisbon p. 46-47) It seems like the rabbinic authorities there allowed this, and ...

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